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The Fear of Losing Eurydice: A Novel

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  • Seller:Timeless Tales
  • Sales Rank:3,603,913
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
  • Number Of Items:1
  • Pages:128
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.4
  • Publication Date:May 1, 1994
  • ISBN:1564780309
  • EAN:9781564780300
  • ASIN:1564780309
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Synopsis

This lyrical novel by one of Mexico's leading women writers explores both desire and the desire to tell a love story. In an idle moment between grading assignments, a French teacher sitting in a cafe in a Caribbean seaport town sketches an island on his white napkin.

Like Proust's petite madeleine, the island opens up a host of images: " Island: the sum of all improbabilities; intoxicating improbability of fiction. Island: image of desire... All the islands formulated by human beings and all islands appearing on the maps comprise a single imaginary archipelago--the archipelago of desire." Monsieur N.'s original plan to use a Jules Verne novel about shipwrecked schoolboys as a translation exercise for his pupils becomes an obsession to collect every reference to islands he can find and to meditate on them in a diary of his imaginary travels--his Islandiary. Parallel to this quest is an archetypal love story that he begins writing in his notebook, printed in a narrow column with islands of quotations surrounding it. Voyaging and the quest for islands becomes a metaphor for the search for paradise, for the island as an imagined place where love achieves perfection. It also becomes a metaphor for writing: "Every text is an island."


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